For Chiesa himself, one of his first meetings with Kvyat made a big impression.
"We met in the team's office. He was very polite, reserved, but told me almost first thing: 'Dino, I know I'll be a Formula 1 driver. So we have to work together, and the results will come.' Those were the words of a 13-year-old boy. All of them dream of Formula 1 at that age, but Daniil was absolutely certain of it.
"I didn't talk to his father much. He allowed his son to do what was necessary. There's a saying in Italy – 'released from the leash'. I think it's for cases like these. Slava didn't hold Daniil on a leash. I think he realised that his son was taking it all very seriously, and just gave him the opportunity to do what he wanted, and do it by himself. Of course, Formula 1 was his dream. But when you're taking about Daniil, you could say it wasn't so much a dream, but a plan. It's easy to say now that it was all done right. But when he was 13, nobody could be sure that decisions like that - moving to a different country, abandoning school – weren't a mistake. They were tough decisions to make, but now, seeing the result, you can say it worked out.
"Daniil always stood out. He was very aggressive, but all of his conflicts didn't go outside the track. I remember once, after he had a run-in with another driver, his rival's father came over to the tent. Daniil greeted him with the words: 'This only concerns your son and myself'. Very polite, but quite firm. And that was Daniil. That kind of behaviour from him never surprised me, as he was 13 only on paper."
Daniil himself, meanwhile, was left with an even bigger impression after meeting Chiesa. Dino's titles and his experience of working with F1 stars, spoke for themselves. Stately, level-headed, never raising his voice – Chiesa's whole demeanour inspired confidence.
"We'd eat dinner together and he'd show us messages from Rosberg," Kvyat Sr. recalled. " 'There's Nico, complaining about tyre behaviour in practice', or something like that." Daniil added: "Moments like these you're just staring at the person, thinking: 'Whoa. What people... they things they've done... what names.' Of course, in due time, you realise that you have to first and foremost rely on your own brain and not blindly put trust in anyone else. But at that point, when you've signed your first deal, when you're driving in your first tests, doing your first races on an entirely new level, it's all so unusual. And you're listening, taking it in, thinking how to get it all right, how not to mess up. And influenced by all of that, you become as if controlled by someone."